Malicious cyber criminals could take advantage of public concern surrounding COVID-19 by conducting phishing attacks and disinformation campaigns. Phishing attacks often use a combination of email and bogus websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information. Disinformation campaigns can spread discord, manipulate the public conversation, influence policy development, or disrupt markets. We encourage you to guard yourselves against COVID-19-related phishing attacks and disinformation campaigns by taking the following precautions:
- Avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails and be wary of email attachments and images, such as COVID outbreak world maps.
- Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information.
- Review tips on avoiding social engineering and phishing scams for more information on recognizing and protecting against phishing.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s blog post on coronavirus scams for information on avoiding COVID-19 related scams.
- Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about COVID-19.
Armed with these tips and practices you will be better positioned to navigate these uncertain times. Do you have any lingering questions questions or concerns about cyber security? We are your partner in information security! Don't hesitate to contact us and find out how the Pentucket Bank team can assist in meeting your cyber protection goals.
Senior Vice President - Risk and Information Security Officer